It’s been another bumper month for Kickstarters, and it wouldn’t be a crowd-funding extravaganza without the Aussie King of Kickstarter Ryan K Lindsay (Chum, Deer Editor and EIR). Instead of being another gritty crime drama, Ink Island is an all ages adventure starring his own kids that comes complete with a teaching pack for families and teachers. So we decided to catch up with Ryan to find out the secrets of a good Kickstarter, why he’s aiming it at kids, as well as the mysteries of Ink Island.
Those shy and retiring chaps from Madius Comics are back with a new Kickstarter, collecting together the first 7 issues of their 6-part anthology Papercuts and Inkstains. So what can we expect in the collection of their superb anthology? Well, funny you should ask as writer Rob Jones and Mike Sambrook are always up for a chat and once we got them started it was tough to get them to stop as they give us the lowdown on everything we wanted to know about the world of Madius Comics! (And a few things we didn’t!)
Space Captain (Captain of Space) blasted its way on to our top 10 list of 2016 thanks to its irreverent charm and it’s all-action, moustachioed hero. With a new issue launching on Kickstarter this week, we took the opportunity to have a chat with artist Chris Baldie to find out the secrets of the last man in the universe, and discover why he has such an awesome tash!
Former Broken Frontier Editor In Chief Frederik Hautain was used to writing about comics, but now he has turned to creating them instead and launched the Kickstarter for his first full length comic The Happy Few. In it a wise-cracking surfer dude gets superpowers thanks to a sinister scientist so that he can get revenge on the slimey mob boss who beat him up. We catch up with Frederic to find if he is one of the happy few and what powers he would want if he could get in a pill?
It’s another crazy month for Kickstarters with and this week sees two previous favourites back for another crack at the crowd-funding nut. We take a look at why you should be pledging your support to the third instalments of monkey based super spy Bubbles O’Seven and edgy sci-fi thriller Brethren Born.
“When the realms of reality and dreams start to merge, a gifted young woman steps up to save her world from total collapse.” this is the synopsis of Vessels #2 the new series from Dave Cook’s Card Shark Comics. Back in August Olly featured issue #1 in one of his round-ups and he tells us “I thought Vessels No.1 showed great promise as a sword and sorcery epic in the making, and so it is with no hesitation that I would point readers to this new Kickstarter campaign!”
A time travelling secret agent with a cat’s head (who only ever says the phrase RAWR) takes on a despicable Soviet general with intergalactic evil plans in this week’s pick of Kickstarter. This crazy premise is the set-up for the superbly titled Time Cheetah, from writers Carlos Guzman and Alejandro Verdugo and artists Matt Cossin & Mikey Cossin. It’s a superb mix of thrilling spy-fi action, Saturday morning cartoon craziness and a truly one of a kind hero, that also has a fiendish adult sense of humour. Time Cheetah also has a really manic sense of fun and energy, which is perfectly captured in their hilarious pledge video and if you want to find out more you can read the book online for free at timecheetahcomic.com. However if you want to see the Cheetah in print then it’s time to get involved. The guys have already hit their pledge goal, but are looking to expand their stretch goals, so don’t miss your chance to get involved in this adventure today – after all, you can’t travel back in time like the Cheetah can, so pledge here and watch the video below.
We are in the middle of another Kickstarter bonanza for indie comics right now, but one which stands out from the crowd in our minds, is the awesome El Marvo from newcomers Hawk and Cleaver – the tale of a super powered Mexican wrestler fighting evil in a dystopian future, it has an awesome premise that is backed up with art from Vanguard’s Dan Butcher so it has winner written all over it. We catch up with El Marvo’s masters Ben Errington and Luke Kondor to find out the secrets of the masked man!
We’ve seen our fair share of indie anthologies over the years, and one of our favourites is Ken Reynolds’ Sliced Quarterly, which has created a unique niche for itself as an experimental anthology, featuring a host of fantastic names from the indie scene, pushing the boundaries of what makes a comic a comic. With stories that have used cut out keep elements, Instagram comments sections and even PDF annotations, it’s a really interesting and eclectic group of stories, which Ken has released digitally for free over the last 12 months. So after a year of innovation, Ken has gone back to the old school world of print to collect together the first four volumes into one super smart volume. So, if you have read the first four issues and fancy seeing them in print, or want to read some interesting and innovative story telling, then give Ken your backing (and if he hits his stretch goals, you’ll even get a free copy of The Pull List as part of their Indie Digital Mega Bundle reward!)
You can watch the Sliced Quarterly pledge video below and click here to get backing!